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Poets to kick off URIís annual READ/WRITE series

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 28, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Islandís English Department kicks off its annual READ/WRITE series Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. with readings by poets Talvi Ansel, Jason Stumpf, and Penelope Cray. The readings, which are free and open to the public, will be held in The Hoffmann Room, Independence Hall, on the Kingston campus. Refreshments will be available. The intent of the series is to showcase emerging and established writers of poetry and fiction from URI and beyond.

Ansel's books include Jetty and other poems (Zoo Press, 2003) and My Shining Archipelago, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Series (Yale, 1997). She was the recipient of a Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Glasgow Award for emerging writers from Shenandoah. She currently teaches in the English Department at URI.

Stumpf holds a master of fine arts from the Writing Program at Washington University in Saint Louis. His poems have appeared in LIT, Pleiades, New American Writing, and other journals. For the past two years he has directed Underwood Poetry, a nonprofit organization that publishes fine press editions of contemporary poetry.

Cray holds a master of fine arts from the New School in New York City and currently teaches in the English Department at URI. Her poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, good foot, The Chimera Review, The Green Tricycle, Chelsea, and Pleiades. She is a freelance proofreader for Duke University Press and is coordinating the READ/WRITE series.

For more information, call 874-4678.